ARCS Foundation, Metro Washington Chapter (MWC) Fall Newsletter 2019
MWC Co-President
Danielle Robinson
MWC Co-President
Patty Sparrell
President's Statement
Dear MWC Members:

The 2019-20 ARCS year is off to an inspiring start as we hosted the Scholar Awards Reception on October 23rd at the beautiful National Academy of Sciences (NAS) building. We were honored to have strong attendance by our corporate, foundation, and member donors, as well as supportive friends and families of our scholars. We were treated to an entertaining and informative keynote address by Dr. Steven Monfort , the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo, as well as a warm welcome address by Dr. C. D. Mote , President Emeritus of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). We are grateful to Dr. Mote for facilitating our long relationship with the NAS, and look forward to continuing collaboration as we welcome the incoming NAE President, Dr. John Anderson and his wife Pat, both long-time supporters of ARCS.

Every year, the SAR is a highlight for our chapter as it is an occasion to celebrate scholarship, innovation, and research, and to celebrate our commitment to advancing STEM education and research. We were particularly happy to offer, for the first time, a scholar pre-reception sponsored by  Georgetown University . It was gratifying to see our scholars taking full advantage of the networking opportunity.

In September, we enjoyed a delightful evening, connecting with fellow MWC members at our Fall Membership meeting. Thank you to Alice Laning and Karen Finkbiner for their work organizing the event and seeing to every detail. The highlight of the dinner was presenting Jane Riddle as the 2019-20 MWC ARCS light . Jane was recognized for her unparalleled dedication to our chapter and leadership as the current endowment treasurer and past president.  

Growth and retention of our membership continues to be a focus this year and we are thrilled to have recently approved three new members to our Chapter. At an upcoming event, please be sure to welcome Angela Olsen, Amanda Ulmer, and Bonnie Hayter to the MWC . Speaking of upcoming events, be sure to keep an eye out for the monthly ARCS Coffee houses . These informal and fun gatherings, conceived by Co-VPs of membership Susan Trice and Michelle Bailey , are a terrific way to both introduce new potential members to ARCS and connect with each other.

We look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming Holiday Party . It is sure to be a “roaring” good time as Marie Carr, Mary Jo Ruane, and the holiday party committee have been hard at work planning a festive occasion sure to be one for the history books! 

As always, please do not hesitate to call/write if you have questions or suggestions. We encourage you to engage with the committees in which you’ve shown interest and know that your thoughts and ideas are always welcome.

Patty & Danielle
Endowment Fund $15,000 Matching Challenge
Contact Jane Riddle to make a contribution!
We are so grateful to have a generous donor offer a matching gift challenge of $15,000 to help reach our Chapter endowment goal of $1,000,000!

Once matched, this means a total of $30,000 raised will help us get that much closer to being able to fund endowment scholars into perpetuity. Please consider making your contribution to the endowment fund by 12/31/19!
MWC Fall Featured Scholar
Jean Sebastian Giudice Vilar
PhD Student
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia
Sebastian is a PhD student at the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics. He is currently working on a project for the National Football League (NFL) as part of their effort to develop a better football helmet. Sebastian has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Neuroscience from Duke University. When not researching, he enjoys watching and playing sports, cooking, photography, and music.

His specific research project this year focuses on research in traumatic brain injury. Read more here.
MWC Fall Pictures
The AMC in Portland, OR

The Scholar Awards Reception 2019

ARCS Light 2019-20
Jane Riddle, MWC Light
Congratulation to our fabulous ARCS Light Jane Riddle!

Jane is someone who personifies women in STEM. She has served as VP for Finance in 2014-15, Co-President in 2015-17, and is currently the Endowment Chair with the goal of growing the Fund to $1 million.

Her support for MWC and dedication to the ARCS mission is constant!
MWC Memorial Scholars Recognized
This year we were saddened by the loss of three long serving MWC members who enriched our chapter through their time, talents, and generosity. Their legacy will be continued in the work of the memorial scholars named in their honor.
Joshua E. Porterfield
PhD Student
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, JHU

Lynn Heebner
Memorial Scholar
Jean Sebastian Giudice Vilar
PhD Student
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UVA

Beulah Bateman
Memorial Scholar
Jack Lanchantin
PhD Student
Computor Science, UVA

Florine Gompf
Memorial Scholar
Save the Date for Upcoming MWC Events
Volunteer Help Needed-Spring Fundraiser
Metro Washington Chapter Events

  • Tuesday, 12/12 @ 11:00 am Coffee House @ Home of Anne Wingo, McLean

  • Sunday, 12/8 @ 6:30 pm, Annual Holiday Party @ Chevy Chase Country Club (scroll down to see invite and to RSVP)

  • Thursday, 2/27, Winter Meeting @ Army Navy Club in Arlington, Speaker, Dr. Peter McDonnell, Wilmer Eye Institute
Please help with Spring Fundraiser

The spring fundraiser needs volunteers - all help greatly appreciated!

Before the Event:
  • serving as auction item POC for dropoff/pickup
  • purchasing items with collected funds for gift baskets
  • pre-auction organization (finalizing bid sheets, displays, check out procedures, etc.)
  • auction item preparation
  • auction set-up before event

At the Event:
  • registration & welcome table staffing
  • fund a scholar volunteer, including payment processing
  • auction winner processing
  • auction payment collection & processing
  • assistance as needed
RSVP for Holiday Celebration
Let's Party!
Get on your glitz and put on your Ritz! This year we're going to start the holiday season in true Gatsby style!

Bring your Friends and Neighbors, the more flappers and dappers, the more fun! Wear your Gatsby best!

Live band, take home party gifts, and raffle for 2 tickets to the Spring Gala!

Chevy Chase Country Club
6100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD
$125 PP
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A Million Thanks to Our Donors!
MWC gratefully acknowledges our corporate and foundation donors who share our vision of advancing science and technology in the U.S. at our 5 partner universities, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, University of Maryland, and the University of Virginia.
We appreciate these donors and their support for our scholars!

Danaher Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Estate of George and Arlene Hesse
JCM Foundation
Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Family Foundation
The Mars Foundation
The Mulford Family
The Forster Family Foundation
Clark Construction Group,LLC
The Hoernig Family Fund
The Sweetser Foundation
The Marilyn T. and David R. Heebner Foundation
Shell Oil Company Matching Gifts Foundation

*Donations listed are for the period 7/1/2018 to 9/15/19 - Every Little Bit Helps
Help MWC when you Holiday Shop!
Did you know Amazon will donate to MWC when you shop? Contact Kristen Bloschock at to learn more and she can help you sign up! Every little bit helps!
MWC Board of Directors 2019-20
MWC Board 2019-20

  • Co-Presidents: Danielle Robinson & Patty Sparrell
  • Secretary: Karen Finkbiner
  • Treasurer: Silvija Strikis
  • Co-VPs of Activities: Marie Carr & Mary Jo Ruane
  • VP of Administration: Sarah Doverspike
  • Co-VPs of Communications: Elli Nesbitt & Ashley Rehr
  • VP of Development: Kristen Bloschock
  • VP of Finance: Sharon Gross
  • Co-VPs of Membership: Michelle Bailey & Susan Trice
  • Co-VP's of University Relations: Miriam Erickson & Anne Wingo
  • Members at Large: Lynn Dillion, Rebecca McNeilly, Nita Hoernig, Beth Parker, and Doris Pierson

Also serving in Leadership positions:
  • Endowment; Jane Riddle
  • Assistant Treasurer: Marlene Bekey
  • Heartline: Beth Parker
  • Newsletter Editor: Elli Nesbitt
  • MWC Photographer: Elli Nesbitt
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